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The great potato cake/scallop/fritter divide. Rosey Billington, Lauren Gawne, Kathleen Jepson, and Jill Vaughan 'Mapping words around Australia' (

Togs or swimmers? Why Australians use different words to describe the same things

Australian’s care so much about regional differences in words because it’s a reflection on a person’s identity.
How much does the way we speak affect the way people perceive us – and should it really matter in contemporary Australia? Steven Mileham

Posh accents, discrimination and employment in Australia

Within Australia, there has historically been a clear social distinction between Cultivated (British-oriented) and Broad or General, distinctly Australian ways of speaking.
Why are British bosses so bothered by Australian question intonation? AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Australian question intonation? No good in Britain? Mate, really?

We could blame it on The Ashes. Last week, media outlets reported the Brits’ use of the Aussie accent might hurt their chances of promotion. But take a deep breath and two steps back from the 24-hour news…

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